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November 24, 2014

1 Bed = 2 Beds {Honduras Dorm Project}

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 Buy a Bed! {$100}Building Better Housing to Provide Better Education As the students at Tree of Life in Honduras turn in for the night, their quarters have become crowded due to the continued influx of students in need. The hot, humid rooms with tight walkways full of book bags and other belongings, are making their living space uncomfortable.  In an effort to provide a bed for each of our 578 students, plans to remodel and build are underway to give our students a more comfortable living space. The total project will cost $865,000!  For each student to have their own bed, 300 new beds are needed!  And now until the end of the year your gift is doubled!  So your gift of $100 actually becomes $200.  Or a gift of $1000 becomes $2000. That’s 20 beds! Learn more>>    Until December 31st, your gift towards the Honduras Dorm Project will be MATCHED … Continue reading

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November 21, 2014

When Infertility and Adoption Collide

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Welcome to week three of our celebration of National Adoption Month! We hope you’ve been reading along this month as REAL moms unpack the REAL issues of adoption. (Need to catch up? Read past blog posts>>) Join us this week as guest blogger & adoptive mom, Rebecca Marquart, shares her family’s journey of adoption and infertility… There were so many things my husband and I didn’t know before we decided to grow our family. We didn’t know how incredibly hilarious preschoolers are. We didn’t know that although a child may be potty “trained,” they might choose not to exercise that skill. We didn’t know how innocently a child can love and how quick they are to forgive. We also didn’t know how intensely angry and out-of-control that same child could be! We didn’t know about the Wild Kratts or Angelina Ballerina. We had no idea about car seat laws. We … Continue reading

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November 19, 2014

Help Orphans Become Sons & Daughters

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Did you know that 23 families were given adoption support through last year’s Gifts of Purpose catalog? Imagine the impact each of those gifts had on a child’s life, helping them to finally experience the love of a forever family. A child like Tessa, pictured above with her parents, Quentin and Jessica McCuiston. Because of faithful friends and family, their church and a catalytic matching grant, they were able to cover almost all of the adoption expenses they incurred, overcoming the financial hurdle that often prevents couples from starting or completing the adoption journey. The McCuiston family is just one story in a sea of stories with the same beautiful ending: a child being placed in a permanent Christian family because of the love and support of the community of believers. It doesn’t get much better than that! We invite YOU to be part of the community that is helping … Continue reading

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November 17, 2014

2015 Empowered to Connect Conferences

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What a better way to finish up the last week National Adoption Month then to talk about the amazing resources offered through Empowered to Connect, especially their two day conferences designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be. You can learn more at www.empoweredtoconnect.org/conferences  What attendees have said about the Empowered to Connect Conference: Attending the Empowered to Connect Conference was a truly eye-opening and encouraging event!  All of the speakers took us back through their successes and failures in parenting children from difficult places and it was truly encouraging to know we are not alone! The conference was a weekend full of great information for parents, ministry leaders and anybody looking to work with children who have come out of difficult circumstances. … Continue reading

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November 14, 2014

Lessons God Taught Me On The Bathroom Floor

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Welcome to week two of our celebration of National Adoption Month. I hope you read along last week as we heard about the reality of post-adoption depression. This week, we are honored to have guest blogger & Lifesong Adoptive mom, Nicole Schmidt, talk about the struggles they faced after bringing older children into their home and the lessons God taught her… Our entire adoption process, we held the verse in Ephesians close to our hearts.  In LOVE, He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of HIS glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the beloved. After about a year and half long process and we boarded a plane to go pick up our boys in Ethiopia. We were ecstatic! Our entire process we had prayed this simple prayer. God, show us your radical love—help us … Continue reading

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November 12, 2014

Dreams that Bear the Mark of Love are Dreams that Never Die

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Ethiopia Update: From Dreams…to Reality. From the members of the ZAT Team, our Ethiopia Advocates while on the Vision Trip last month: “We came to Ethiopia to reconnect with the Menyahels, the Ephraims, the Etalamahus, the Deborahs, the Kalebs – these kids who are rapidly turning into the 140 leaders a year that Africa so desperately needs to end its part of the global orphan crisis and transform itself.  Four years ago, we set out on this journey in partnership with Lifesong/Misgana to turn a few classrooms and 200 kids into the three campuses, 90 employees and 1,100 students of today, led by an administrative team we are so grateful for.  We’re halfway there. Another four years from now, we expect to complete Ziway Adami Tulu High School, the 5th-8th grade campus of Adami Tulu Middle School, and the needed expansion at Ziway Primary School. We’ve raised about $1 million … Continue reading

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November 7, 2014

Getting Real About Post-Adoption Depression {Part 2}

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This is the follow-up from yesterday’s post “Getting Real About Post-Adoption Depression {Part 1}”. Thanks for coming back to hear the rest of Jenni’s story. She shared with us yesterday about the emotions she felt after the adoption of her daughter and the change and transition that left her feeling like she was drowning. Listen in today as she shares the HEALING God has been bringing to her heart… “I joined a support group for women experiencing grief, which helped to revive my spirit, and also joined my church moms group, which reminded me that mothers of preschoolers desperately need one another.   And let me be honest here.  Parenting a toddler in my 40’s has been much harder than parenting toddlers in my 30’s.   These groups made me feel like I could breathe again.   The sense of drowning began to subside.  A close friend offered to watch our kids twice a month … Continue reading

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